Thursday, June 30, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
All 3 of my little lovies!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
99% of comments from WHITE people are: (with lots of head shaking)
- There's trouble.
- That's Double Trouble.
- That looks like a LOT of work.
- Glad it's you and not me.
- Holy *%@# !!!! That's a lot of kids.
- You poor thing.
- How do you survive?
- All boys...., you must be a saint.
- Oh Dear God/Lord, Who did you offend up there?
Now people from other nationalities have very different comments:
- Twins? What a blessing.
- You are so lucky.
- You are so blessed.
- Look at them. Great job.
- They are beautiful.
- God must be pleased with you.
- What a gift.
- Treasure on Earth.
- You and husband must be so happy, yes???
- Oh wow. (Smiling, pat and/or kiss all 3 boys.)
Do you see the difference? I see it. Glaringly, and I sadly think that our WHITE, AMERICAN culture has led us to this "normal" thinking. Thinking that views children as a "bother", or an awful chore. I feel that American culture is SOOOOO selfish, that having to be unselfish to care properly for children is a huge BOTHER, INCONVENIENCE and a PAIN IN THE NECK. That is why they use the words work and trouble in all comments of my children. Now kids are work (they are helpless and need guidance) but YOU chose to have them, and they are a gift from the Heaven. Kids get into trouble ~ but you can raise your children in a way that they aren't TROUBLE. I do believe that what you put into parenting, you get paid richly for and you see the fruits of your effort right away.
I am so shocked and horrified at this attitude towards children.
Do any of you see this? I am so curious. Maybe Camas/Vancouver has a very different outlook on children. I know that MOST woman around here do work, and that children really do require a lot of work and attention, but not so much that all you see and focus on, is the negative. What about the hugs, giggles, cuddles, kisses, unconditional love, romping around, playing, imaginations activated. Isn't that the stuff you think about when you think about kids?
Please respond with what you have noticed in regards to "White / American" cultural view of children vs. a different ethnic view of children. Or really anything you want to say is fine....
Here are the 3 pirates. Grant, Ruby and Gabe - I love that my boys are ROCKING the double eye patch. Hmmm.... I really think that the girls loved all the "boy" toys that we own.
Now 7 munchkins, 6 years and under can be a lot, so I created some challenges (I know, I can't help myself.)
Monday, June 13, 2011
1. I started out my unit by laying out big footprints around the house. I told the boys, "Something BIG is coming." From that moment on ~ imaginations went into OVER DRIVE!
2. I introduced the unit with a book on the different type of dinosaurs. (World of Dinosaurs-non fiction)
3. I shared how we knew about dinosaurs and that we learned their size and shapes from their fossils, and guessed at how they behaved, BUT no one knew the colors of skin. Hence....
- Dinosaurs (by Gail Gibbons)
- Hunting Daddyosaurus
- Danny's Dinosaur (we got on CD)
- Magic School Bus - Time of the Dinosaurs
- Dino Hocky
- Dino Football
- Dino Baseball
- Dino Basketball
There are TONS out there, Fiction and Non-Fiction. These were just some faves.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Gabe's best friends : Ellie and Sophia